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April 16, 2021

An UNRWA in Jenin (File photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

"The United Nations' Palestinian refugee agency is promoting violence against Israel and using educational materials that call for the Jewish state's destruction, according to video evidence and copies of lesson plans being taught to children before and during the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which is in charge of providing education to scores of Palestinian children, has done little to root out anti-Semitism and the glorification of terrorism from its official lesson plans, although it has repeatedly pledged to do so.

The Biden administration moved almost immediately to restart U.S. funding for UNRWA despite underlying concerns about the agency's radical educational materials-fears that have been raised by U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in recent years. After aid was resumed earlier this month, UNRWA promised the Biden administration it will root out violence and anti-Semitism, though officials could not explain precisely how the agency would do this after decades of using anti-Israel materials.

A State Department spokesman told the Washington Free Beacon that UNRWA uses the Palestinian Authority's curriculum and works 'to address the problematic content and provides instructions for its staff to educate students about why the content is problematic.' UNRWA, the official said, 'must respect neutrality, exclude anti-Semitism, and oppose violence.'

'The United States is completely committed to working with UNRWA to ensure that any inappropriate material is identified and removed,' the spokesman said. 'Our resumption of assistance will allow us to serve as a partner to UNRWA to uphold the highest level of neutrality and commitment to tolerance in its educational materials.'

The State Department spokesman did not address UNRWA's decades-long failure to better police its content despite the organization's repeated promises to do so.

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